by YGB Coalition
This morning, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced in what was intended as an initial hearing, that he would not be pursuing charges against Cierra Finkley at this time. Citing recent evidence that his office has not been able to fully evaluate, Ozanne recommended that all bail restrictions be lifted. He left the door open to pursue charges in the future.
In August, Finkley, a 24-year old Black woman, was arrested for protecting her own life and the life of her 5-year old daughter when her abuser Terrence Woods attacked her. She was initially charged with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide.
“This is a victory for the people,” proclaimed Young Gifted and Black organizer Alix Shabazz. “We don’t trust the criminal justice system to bring justice for Black women, but we know that without the people putting pressure on his office, the DA would not have made the present decision.”
“Let’s celebrate with the family,” said YGB’s T. Banks. “And let’s keep the heat on. Black women, queer and trans folks continue to be victims of state violence. We need to stop that violence with steps like community control over our police.”
About 25 friends and family of Cierra Finkley rallied before the hearing this morning and packed the Dane County Courtroom. Supporters were elated and relieved. “We are so grateful for the community’s support,” said Cierra’s mother, Carla Finkley. “We got your back too!”
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